The Hackworth Collection

The Hackworth Collection

The Hackworth letters is a collection written by several members of the Hackworth family and covering a period of ten years, including the Civil War. This collection provides a glimpse of what life was like in Northern Alabama before, during, and after the war. Subjects include life on the farm, the Vicksburg Campaign, riding with Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Reconstruction after the war.

"When my grandmother, Mrs. Eula Barker Thompson passed away in 1979 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, (about 35 miles west of Chattanooga) my brothers and I went through her attic. We found a very old, battered lock box that had belonged to my great-grandmother, Mrs. Fulvia Hackworth Barker(1867-1961). In the box we found a number of letters from various family members to various family members. Unfortunately, we still do not know who some of the people in the letters are, or how they are related to us. I have tracked down some information through various cemetery records. We do know that the William Hackworth in the May 18, 1863 letter was Fulvia Hackworth Barker's uncle. His father (William Hackworth's) was Austin Hackworth (1793-1866), and may be the father that is mentioned in some of the letters. 'Lizzie' in the letters may be Elizabeth Hackworth(1803-1876), Austin Hackworth's sister, or Mary Elizabeth Hackworth(1854-1873), Austin Hackworth's daughter. This is just about all the information I have on the people in the letters. However, I do feel they give an interesting glimpse into the daily lives of these people during an interesting time in history. Thanks for reading them."

 W. J. Thompson

March 14, 1858

August 30, 1858

March 18, 1863

July 7, 1863

May 30, 1866

January 20, 1867

April 12, 1867

December 15, 1867

October 11, 1868

Letters courtesy of Bill Thompson